Ayala Foundation to support long-term rehabilitation of Sagay, Cadiz in Negros
More than a month after the onslaught of Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), communities in the Visayas are picking themselves up from the massive damage wrought by the typhoon, while offers of support from all over the country and the world continue to pour in.
Immediately after the typhoon, Ayala Foundation opened all its donation channels and raised funds for its immediate relief effort. The foundation partnered with the World Food Programme, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Ayala Business Club Cebu to provide food and other necessities for over 4,000 families in Tacloban, Leyte; Cebu City and Northern Cebu; and Roxas City, Capiz.
After engaging in immediate relief activities, Ayala Foundation has committed itself to supporting long-term rehabilitation efforts by focusing on two communities—the cities of Sagay and Cadiz, Negros Occidental. Donations coursed through the foundation’s channels will fund the construction of disaster-resilient classrooms and the provision or repair of fishing boats for fishing families. These initiatives are aligned with two of the foundation’s program pillars—education and sustainable livelihood.
The foundation is partnering with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the construction of disaster-ready classrooms of the Old Sagay Elementary School. The foundation is also working closely with the Makati Development Corporation of Ayala Land Inc. for the design of the school. Construction will begin in January 2014.
In the coming months, the foundation, together with Nokia, DepEd, Globe Telecom, Pearson, and Toshiba, is bringing Text2Teach to 10 schools in the area. Text2Teach is a mobile-based learning intervention that provides multimedia educational materials in English, Mathematics, Science, and Values Education for grade five and six students.
In addition, the foundation has partnered with the Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) Foundation to identify fishing families whose boats are in need of repair or who are in need of new boats. Since Sagay and Cadiz are situated near the coastline of Negros Island, fishing is an important source of livelihood for many families. In Cadiz, the foundation is funding the delivery of 60 new fishing boats, 20 of which will be delivered before the year ends, through the NVC’s Peter Project. In Sagay, meanwhile, 47 fishing boats are currently being repaired.
Over time, the foundation will initiate other sustainable livelihood projects that can help families gain access to additional sources of income or gainful employment.
Sagay and Cadiz were two of the hardest hit communities in Negros Occidental. According to news reports, more than half of the total number of families directly affected by Yolanda comes from the province’s second district, which includes the cities of Sagay and Cadiz, and the municipality of Manapla. At least 51,000 families in the province were affected.
To date, Ayala Foundation has raised a total of P23.5 million (PhP12.7 million in cash received, and P10.8 million in pledges). Of this amount, P6.7 million has been deployed for immediate relief.
For the foundation’s long-term rehabilitation and rebuilding projects in Sagay and Cadiz, the foundation needs at least P38 million.
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